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Botha senior meeting to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Regular events are starting up in September, so keep an eye out for what’s going on in Botha.

Louise Bellair

Botha Booster

Jace and Jamie Thorsteinson were in Toronto, for Jace to see his specialists there. The doctors were impressed at how Jace’s health conditions were coming along. So far they have put Jace through a lot of testing to establish the baseline to start working from with some adjustments and a lot of therapy, which was started the next day after they landed in Toronto. Jace’s left side has more mobility in it already, which is fantastic.

They also did some eye and balance testing on the same day Jace arrived. With this they gave Jace some red glasses to try, followed by different colours of glasses, but the red ones were the best for Jace and it’s his favourite colour too, so it really worked out good for him. These glasses gave Jace more energy and helped the muscles fire better for some reason, but other than that the doctor hasn’t told Jamie much about it. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and we hope everything goes fantastic for you Jace with time.

But looking into what’s happening in Botha area, Bingo evening will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, starting at 7:15 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. So grab your Bingo markers and head over to the Senior Centre that evening. Congratulations goes out to all the past winners.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the senior meetings will be restarting for another full year. So these are usually held the first Monday of each month, but seeing the first Monday is Labour Day they will be holding it the very next day, on Tuesday, starting at noon. So head on over and join them at their first Senior Meeting. This is for all Seniors only. These meetings start out with a potluck luncheon first, so please bring something to share at this time. The meeting follows right after the potluck. All seniors are encouraged to join in these very important meetings.

Don’t forget Floor Curling is every Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., so make sure you can come and join in the game that afternoon.

Arthur and Tina Armstrong

This week, let’s look back again on the history and delve a bit further into the Armstrong families. The very first family we are going to look at is Arthur and Tina Armstrong’s. The Armstrong family settled in the Botha area emigrating originally from Ireland in the mid 1800s.

The first Armstrongs in the Botha area arrived in 1902. William Arthur Armstrong and George Ernest Armstrong were the eldest sons of John and Mary Jane. The boys left home in 1900 and found work in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1902, being 24 and 23 years of age, took jobs in the copper mines in Minnesota at the Butte and Anaconda.

While there, both boys decided to visit the Botha area to investigate the opportunity of homestead quarters in this area and took homesteads, where they started building houses during the summer months, but had to head back to Anaconda to work during the winter months, working at the mines.

Their brothers, Harold and John also came and gave up their rights to their homestead and moved first to Peace River region and settled at Youngstown. This was Harold who settled there. With Gerald, he arrived in Botha area in 1906, working first for the CPR and then farmed in this area until 1940 when he settled in Calgary.

Arthur continued working on farms and also started a livery business hauling grain from local farmers to local elevators and settlers belonging from the rail stations in Stettler to farms. Through this he met Eva Christine M. Diamond (Tina). Eva was a teacher at Botha School, after she moved from Covey Hills.

In 1911, the two of them married and raised a family but in birth they lost one of their daughters and later they lost one of their sons in a piloting accident on his own aeroplane at the age of 25. This left Arthur and Tina only one son.

Tina passed away in 1920, and Arthur in 1927.

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